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JRL calls shutdown on July 8 in Burhan’s memory

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Kashmir not an issue of development or administration”

Srinagar, Jul 04: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on July 08 to commemorate the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement said they would hold a public meeting in Tral – native town of Wani – on July 08.

They also asked religious clerics to hold ‘Fateha Khwani’ on July 6th to commemorate 2nd death anniversary of Wani and “126 others” who were killed during the 2016 uprising.

In the statement, the separatist trio also denounced Prime Minister Narinder Modi for his recent statement, saying that Kashmir is not an issue of development or administration, nor could it be resolved through military might.

“Dispute related to Jammu and Kashmir is a long-standing issue in international forums and world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through right to self-determination,” JRL said.

Reacting to Modi’s assertions, the JRL said that his statement is “not more than jugglery of words and illustrates frustration and insincerity”.

“It (Kashmir) is not an issue of mere development, instead the issue relates to 15 million people for their right to self-determination,” JRL said, adding that “people here are since past seven decades pursuing their sacred mission.”

The statement said India is suffering from power of arrogance. “Since past seven decades India is exploiting and looting our resources, while the authorities in Delhi are deliberately ignoring the hard realities about occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”

On Modi’s assertions about “transformed Kashmir”, JRL asked Prime Minister to show wisdom and mature approach. “Tall claims and brags won’t change realities, instead it has caused a damage to you and your position has become ludicrous. A responsible person need not to indulge in ridiculous statements, instead it is wise to realize and accept the ground realities and shun egoistic and stubborn approach,” JRL said.

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